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University Archives & Special Collections

Website for the Denison University Archives & Special Collections

Welcome to Denison University Archives & Special Collections

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What is the Archives & Special Collections?

Denison University Archives & Special Collections is a resource center where you can find historic and rare items that you likely won't find anywhere else.  We assist all kinds of people who are looking to use our collections, such as: 

  • Students who are seeking unique primary sources to enhance their research papers
  • Alums wanting to relive their college memories (and resolve a bet on what *really* happened their sophomore year...)
  • External visitors looking to do scholarly research in the history of the institution
  • Genealogists and local historians who are seeking biographical information on an ancestor
  • Faculty who want to use our collections in the classroom and create unique research experiences for their students
  • Denison staff who need to reference old records in order to help the University's current and future operations

The University Archives specializes in documenting the history of Denison's students, alumni, faculty, staff, departments, and administration.  This includes photographs, University publications, letters, meeting records, old policies, student scrapbooks, and more.

The Special Collections focuses on collecting rare, limited edition, and/or out-of-print books, like medieval manuscripts, artists' books, rare Bibles, and historic encyclopedias.

Summer 2019 Access

This summer, the library will be undergoing significant renovations. Additionally, the Archives staff schedules are variable during the summer due to a number of considerations, such as sabbatical, vacation time, and other scheduled time away from the office. Because of these limitations, we cannot guarantee that we will be open or accessible on a regular basis, such as in summers past. For now, visitors can make individual appointments to access the University Archives & Special Collections by emailing Regular operational hours will return at the beginning of the 2019-2020 academic year.

Denison Libraries, 100 W College, Granville, Ohio 43023
Phone: 740-587-6235, email:
In order to view PDF documents, you will need to have the free Adobe Acrobat Reader software installed on your computer